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  • Jlock Jlock May 4, 2012 13:25 Flag

    uncertain times ahead

    Be interesting to know what Citeh's wage bill is as FIFA's fair play is an attempt to stop this sort of thing. OK, if a club earns £100m from footie, then they can spend that, so it doesn't stop 'big club'::'small club' altogether (especially given how much the CL pays compared to domestic competitions), but at least it means a club can't spend more than it's earning and rely upon the funds provided by a benefactor.

    From http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2066802/Man-City-squad-sale-Mancini-forced-cut-20-players.html
    '....City have 63 players on their books at present and are hoping to streamline that to around 40 over the next two transfer windows.

    Results for the 2010-11 financial year, City's wage bill was £174million, £21m higher than turnover while Under FFP rules state that clubs are not allowed to post losses more than £39.5m over the three years in which it is assessed.

    ....'

    Maybe offering Ade, De Jong and Johnson in exchange cuts their wage bill by the amount they're allegedly offering for Bale - so for them it's a nett break even on wages.